Tammy Abraham continued on his hot streak, scoring his fifth goal in as many games and taking his tally to 18 in all competitions. It came in the Severnside Derby, played out against Cardiff City, against whom Abraham had struggled the last time around. Paired up front with new recruit Milan Djuric, Abraham found the back of the net with an overhead kick from close range to put Bristol City up 2-1 in the 78th minute but the Robins remarkably managed to throw the game away, conceding two goals in the space of three minutes soon after and ultimately losing 2-3. Abraham’s goal-scoring antics have not managed to win his team any points in recent times; this was their seventh consecutive loss, leaving them only 3 points above the relegation zone. Hopefully they’ll be able to turn things around soon.
Upcoming fixtures: Fleetwood Town (A, January 17), Nottingham Forest (A, January 21)
Kasey Palmer was back at Cobham recovering from a minor hamstring issue that kept him out of the weekend.
Kasey Palmer voltou ao Chelsea para se tratar de alguma lesão pic.twitter.com/Rui5wlc946— Nação Blue 5 anos (@nacaoblue_) January 13, 2017
Izzy Brown, however, got his first start in the league for his new club and played 61 minutes in a 2-0 loss to former blue, Sam Hutchinson’s Sheffield Wednesday.
Upcoming fixtures: Ipswich Town (H, January 21)
There was a return from injury for Tomáš Kalas, who slotted back into the Fulham defence and kept a clean sheet, as the Cottagers won 2-0 against Barnsley. Lucas Piazon started as well, and played 89 minutes.
Fulham moved up to 8th in the table and are 6 points off the final promotion play-off place with a game in hand. Piazon took to Twitter after the game, saying that his loan deal was set to be extended on Monday.
Loan spell ending tomorrow but monday I should be signing the extension!— Lucas Piazon (@LucasPiazon) January 14, 2017
Loïc Rémy was back on the Crystal Palace bench after a first-half run out in the FA Cup last weekend and replaced Andros Townsend in the 70th minute but couldn’t do anything to prevent Palace’s 3-0 loss to West Ham.
Upcoming fixtures: Bolton (H, January 17), Everton (H, January 21)
Patrick Bamford was not involved for Burnley yesterday and soon enough, reports surfaced claiming that the striker had returned to Chelsea after terminating his loan spell with the Clarets. He’s now all but sealed a return to Middlesbrough on a permanent basis, I do hope he finds success there!
Jay Dasilva was named on the bench again, but was called upon in the 28th minute for the injured Lewis Page and thus made his senior professional debut, playing as a left-winger. He was then taken off in the 80th minute for Ricky Holmes.
Upcoming fixtures: Scunthorpe (H, January 21)
Charlie Colkett, Fankaty Dabo and Islam Feruz wasted no time in getting into the thick of things for their new club, all starting against third-placed Bolton and helping Swindon to their first win in six games, a rather unexpected one at that. Feruz played 60 minutes, Colkett played all but a few seconds and Dabo lasted the whole game. Dabo and Colkett in particular impressed, with Charlie assisting the winning goal in the 89th minute.
What a way to debut! Fans and boys were excellent! What a win. Roll on next week #STFC— Fankaty Dabo (@FankDabo) January 14, 2017
Great start with @Official_STFC and a great team performance topped with 3pts!— Islam Feruz (@24feruzo) January 14, 2017
Here are a series of videos, beginning with the highlights of the game itself and the loanees’ interviews on signing and following the match.
Upcoming fixtures: Peterborough (H, January 21)
Jordan Houghton started as Doncaster came back from a goal behind to clinch a 1-3 win against Barnet and hence staying at the top of the league table.
Alex Kiwomya played a whole 90 in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-2 loss to Luton. Crewe now sit perilously close to the relegation zone in 18th place and currently 4 points clear of it.
Gutted about the result, so tough at the moment, but happy to get an assist.— Alexander Kiwomya (@Golden_Kiwomya) January 14, 2017
There was no clean sheet for Jamal Blackman but the 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town was Wycombe’s 14th game in a row unbeaten.
Marco van Ginkel picked up right where he left off last season, playing 88 minutes and scoring on his second PSV debut, in a 2-0 win against Excelsior, for whom Danilo Pantic was not involved.
PSV - Heerenveen (H, January 22)
Excelsior - Go Ahead Eagles (H, January 22)
Vitesse Arnhem kicked off 2017 with a convincing 3-1 victory over FC Twente. Lewis Baker opened the scoring with a fine half-volley finish from inside the area, with Milot Rashica and Ricky van Wolfswinkel scoring the other two. Baker was sent off in the 81st minute for a professional foul (read: tripping an opponent during a counter attack). It wasn’t a last-man challenge but there were technically grounds for a sending off, although it was the sort of challenge that would only warrant a cautionary booking more often than not (in England, at least). A silly challenge, nevertheless, which will see him miss the next two or three games. Matt Miazga was brought on following the sending off to shore up midfield and played 8 minutes; Nathan was at Cobham throughout the winter break recovering from injury and has returned to Arnhem but was not deemed fit enough to make the squad yesterday.
Upcoming fixtures: Groningen (A, January 21)
Jeremie Boga played the whole game as Granada drew 1-1 against Osasuna. Victorien Angban, of course, is at the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast, chilling with his mates Salomon Kalou and Eric Bailly in his free time; I know that because I watch his Instagram stories.
Upcoming fixtures: Espanyol (A, January 21)
Kenneth Omeruo played 90 minutes in Alanyaspor’s 2-3 loss against Caykur Rizespor.
Mario Pasalic was a 79th minute substitute in Milan’s midweek Coppa Italia win against Torino. Milan play Torino again tonight in the league and this report will be updated with any significant developments.
Upcoming fixtures: Napoli (H, January 21)